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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hede-, Heid-lace, n. Also: hed-lays, -les, heid-lays, -lais, head-les. [Hede n.1; Lace n.] A fillet, a hair-ribbon. = Hede-band n. 1513 Doug. vii. vi. 27.
Sum tyme hir hed lays [v.rr. heid lays, hedelace] forto knyt hir hair
a1578 Pitsc. I. 301/12.
It was said his hair was lang lyke wemens and plat in ane heid lace
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Vitta, tænia, a head-les or ribband
1597 Misc. Spald. C. II. 137.
The cruell binding of the said Margret with hir belt and hedles
1625 Brechin Test. IV. 184.
Aucht grois heidlaisis

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